The evolution of computers since you have used them.

@megamatt (14331)
United States
October 21, 2010 7:59am CST
I think the first time I used a computer was during my early grade school days. They were very simple, not really all that large. It is amazing the space limitations on the computer have increased over the years. The first computer I had only had a 75 GB of space, but now they have increased over the years, and will continue to grow over the years. Windows 95 was the windows when I started and now we've gone through several changes, to Windows 7 today. Google wasn't even around and Internet Explorer or Netscape was your choices for browsers. So how much have computers changed for you over the years? Looking forward to reading your responses.
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9 responses
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
22 Oct 10
Hi, megamatt! My first computer was a desktop computer. It had a 324MB harddisk with DOS and Windows 3.1 on it. Then my aunt installed a Windows 95 on it and I was so amazed by its beautiful user interface. But beside the 200+MB used by windows 95, I only had 100MB for other usage. I was suffering from the lack of storage space every time I wanted to install somthing. I'm so shocked that you all had so large hard disks in Win 95 - Win 98 period. I only have 10GB in that period of time. When Windows XP appeared, I had improved my hdd space to 80GB.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
22 Oct 10
The steady growth of space is something that is interesting. However is needed, as each passing Windows have gotten bigger and required more resources. It is amazing all things considered. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
21 Oct 10
The first computer I ever used was when I was in college. It filled a huge room and you used a special machine to type up a big stack of punch cards that were then fed into another machine to be converted to machine language to be fed into the computer. The computing power of this huge, room filling computer was less than you can get on phones today.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
22 Oct 10
Yes, it's really amazing to see how this has happened. Computers have gotten more compact, but also more powerful. These old punch card computers were really slow compared to even your lower end models these days from what I heard. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@venkit (2957)
• India
21 Oct 10
i think the Ram and hard disk size has made really a big evolution. but i dont experience a big difference in speed, ofcourse it has improved not in very much.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
22 Oct 10
Yes the change of Ram and disk size has changed. Most because that's what we need. What was enough years ago is not even close to enough these days. So with everything else growing, so did that. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
21 Oct 10
My first experience of a computer was with the Sinclair ZX81 my Brother brought home from University one time...then,The first computer I bought was a Commodore 64 in the late '80's,and my first PC to get online with was an Intel 486 that could just about run Win '95!
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
21 Oct 10
Ah, Commodore 64, talk about old school. I've heard about them, learned about them, but never actually gotten the chance to use one, which is a shame in many ways, because they are a real piece of history. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@dukeace (32)
• United States
21 Oct 10
I still remember when I first started using Computer, I didn't even know how to shut down a computer. I called my cousin and asked him what is the procedure to properly shut down a computer. At that time, we used to have AT Casing so after shutting the computer down, it showed a screen stating "It's now safe to turn off your computer". I had 4 GB Hard Drive, 200Hz processor, 32mb Ram and 14" monitor. That was the time when I used Windows 95 for the very first time, before that, we used to have DOS on our computers and played a several DOS Games as well. After that we were promoted to Windows 97 (actually windows 95 OEM), later on Windows 98. Computers have dominated it's need in our daily lives and now, I don't think people can even survive without using Computers, just as Electricity has become a part of our lives and we can't even survive without it.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
21 Oct 10
That was a long time ago for sure. We all had to start somewhere. It is amazing to see how much computers have changed and slowly worked their way into all corners of life. Comparing computers today to now, talk about changes. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
The first computer I used has windows 98 installed on it. I don't have my own computer then so I have to settle with the school's computers. I remember that I really enjoyed playing Hangaroo and using MS Paint before. Now I can't settle on playing the same pc game for more than a couple of months and I keep upgrading my version of photoshop time and again. XD
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
21 Oct 10
Lots of changes over the years indeed. I had to settle for the school's computers for the longest time and lets face it, I really did not have that much time to do much of anything. Then I got my own for Christmas one year and I never looked back. Had it rebuilt once, had to get a brand new one recently but its been an interesting run. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@hylke45 (91)
• Netherlands
21 Oct 10
lol my first computer was win 95 or 98 i think it had 40gb hdd... played mario, charlie the duck at it, and later games like settlers 3
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
21 Oct 10
It doesn't seem like that long about where Windows 95 or 98 were king. In fact, it was not, only ten years, but a lot can happen in ten years. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
22 Oct 10
Mine is an acer 386 way back in the 80's. It has monochrome display and runs on DOS 3.5 floppy disks. We used to play LHX Attack Helicopter, Wordstar and practice database on it. It was really very advanced in its time then.
@Catana (736)
• United States
22 Oct 10
My first computers were before Windows. You had to use a tape recorder if you wanted to save anything, and you had to program them yourself. Then I went to Commodores, which could save, but took forever to do it. My first Microsoft computer was the DOS, which was always crashing. It was a real pain in the butt. I don't remember the last Microsoft OS I used, but I switched to Macs about ten years ago, and have been very happy with them. The changes have been amazing, much more than you'd expect in a technology in such a short time.